Started: 2016

Time/labour: ︎︎

economy // experiment // currency // exchange // wearable


Image: Make or Break, One Day Currency, 2016, promotional image courtesy of Make or Break.
ONE DAY CURRENCY asks: what unexpected modes of exchange can emerge in the space of a single day? Are there different ways to do economy? What privileges or systemic inequalities are exposed through the circulation (or not) of currency?

This live project circulates temporary 'currencies’ at art events, giving access to exclusive experiences and consumables. People might choose to retain their currency, give it away or trade it. It is these decisions — the way that a currency is shared, circulated or hoarded — that provoke uncomfortable questions, provide insights into the links between economic systems, personal relationships and privilege, and give this project its meaning.

For One Day Currency at Artbank, Sydney, three golden t-shirts entitled the wearer to a series of unlimited exchanges for food, personalised cocktails or exclusive access to a VIP bathroom experience.

This project was first launched at Artbank as part of Artbank Social Club’s Artist Flea Market, curated by Léuli Eshrāghi, Kimberley Moulton, Anna May Kirk and Miriam Kelly.

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